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Department Overview: The Agriculture program offers several degree tracks for students which include Agricultural Business, Animal Science, and Plant and Soil Science. Certificate, Associate in Applied Sciences degrees (AAS) and transfer options are available. AAS degrees in agriculture prepares students to enter into the BAS Agricultural Systems degree pathway. All AAS-T degrees in agriculture related fields are continuously being updated to align with the host institutions. Please contact an advisor for the most recent pathways for each AAS-T degree.
Ag-Business combines knowledge and skills from the fields of general agriculture and business administration to prepare students for the management functions involved with the production and marketing of agricultural commodities. The Ag-Business curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
Program Level Outcomes:
- Provide students with the highest level of instruction by offering the latest concepts in agriculture.
- To attract, retain, and graduate competent students into the Agriculture Science industry.
- Keep program on “cutting edge” of agriculture by involving industry in curriculum development and verification of student learning outcomes.
- Articulate the Agriculture Science program horizontally with other related WWCC programs, and vertically, with regional high schools and universities.
- Educate and graduate students who possess the knowledge and skills to participate in the agriculture industry with confidence, or continue their education at the university level with the same confidence.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Agri-Business upon completion of the two-year program of study.
The Associate in Arts Degree is a transfer degree that prepares the student for continued education at a baccalaureate institution. These students will be able to complete their general education requirements before transferring, begin studies in Agri-Business, and take electives based upon their intended degree program. Many courses in the department provide direct transfer credit to regional colleges and universities.(See AA-DTA in Degree section of the catalog.)
Agriculture Business experts apply a wide range of knowledge of markets, products and laws to local, regional, national and international agricultural commerce.
Producing and marketing food and fiber products is a vital and important industry in the United States. The United States is the largest producer and exporter of agricultural products in the world. The ag-business sector employs a large percentage of the U.S. labor force. These individuals assist the producer of food and fiber products in input procurement, marketing, financing, and management.
Entrance Requirements: Students may enter the program fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement for more information.
The Ag-Business program is part of the CTE Dual Credit consortium in the state of Washington. CTE Dual Credit credits from specific high school studies can be awarded for selected courses. Contact your local school counselor or WWCC for more information. Students considering transferring should consult with an adviser in the agriculture department prior to taking courses for transfer credit. Program scholarships are available each year to assist students. Contact a program advisor to obtain an application or for more information.
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.